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Fatal crash on Jefferson Road; names released
Rochester, N.Y. - A Pittsford man is charged with second degree manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving following a car crash that killed a Rochester woman Thursday night in Henrietta.
Sheriff Deputies say 46-year-old Patrick Mulvehill of Pittsford rear-ended the car in front of him, driven by Barbara Uthman, 63, of Rochester just after 6:30 Thursday night near the Jefferson Road post office.
Gregg Soucie, an ordained minister, witnessed the crash. I was running late and at the red light I was stopped and shot a quick text that I was running late, said Soucie. I put the phone on the seat next to me and I see a silver minivan just fly by me at 60 to 65 miles an hour [with] no lights on.
Mulvehill rear ended Uthmans car pushing it into oncoming traffic.She was hit by a car driven by 23-year-old Nathen McKean.Then she was hit by a third vehicle driven by 55-year-old Patrick Farrell.
I jumped out of my car and went over to see if I could help, said Soucie, who said a surgeon and nurse were close behind him to help.
He [the surgeon] came up and was checking for a pulse a nurse came running up, said she was a nurse, she wanted to start CPR which they did, said Soucie.
But Uthmans injuries were grave; she was ejected from her SUV.
The doctor asked Soucie to give Uthman her last rites.
I've had people pass with me before due to illness, my Dad, family members, but to see something like that - I was meant to be there, said Soucie. She was not alone, she was in no pain she wasn't suffering, she's at peace. She's an angel now.
Uthman was a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Churchville.
The pastors there released the following statement:
The family, friends and church family of Barbara Uthman are grieving the loss of an incredibly Godly woman. Barbara loved The Lord Jesus Christ. She served faithfully in the choir, missions program and orphan ministry of our church. This crime is a reminder of why we celebrate Christmas that Jesus came for the sin of all mankind. He is the light of the world. We thank all those who tried to assist Barbara at the scene. We know she is with her Savior now.
Uthman was pronounced dead at the scene. No other serious injuries were reported. Mulvehill was arraigned in Henrietta Town Court and remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.